Description: Belltown's Mestizo Tequila Lounge and Grill rests in the vast space formerly occupied by Twist. Inside, the decor is sophisticated and indistinct, with glossy tile frescoes, coordinating accent walls, and white leather booths. The window-lined dining room is crammed with views of Puget Sound, and on a Friday afternoon, a well-dressed couple watches sports on the luxury TV, saying quiet and pleasant things to each other. Nothing gets too dramatic or weird: No one is crying and singing, for instance, or throwing handfuls of ice at a topless stranger.
What else: Mestizo has 200 types of tequila (!), such as Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario ($350/shot), Partida Elegante ($65), Chinaco Negro ($40), Mexican Moonshine ($20), Tarantula ($7), and Octane ($7). Why not try mixing some together? And if you're into hair-of-the-dog hangover cures, tomorrow morning you can have a Thomas Abercrombie: two Alka-Seltzers dropped in the double-shot tequila of your choosing.
Happy hours: Tues–Sun 2–6 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $3 bottled beer (Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Dos Equis), $4 wells, $8 specialty cocktails (the X-Rated Tini has blueberry Stoli, X-Rated Liqueur, citrus soda).
Happy-hour food specials: A huge list of upscale Spanish, Caribbean, and Latin dishes at reduced prices, such as $4.50 shredded-beef chalupas (with hand-made tortillas, chile de árbol peppers, serrano sauce), $7.50 beef rib tacos (with grilled onions, roasted jalapeño chiles toreados, white rice, refried beans), $6 Cuban pressed sandwich (pork, ham, salami, Swiss, pickles, and mustard, served with fries, chips, or salad).